Two charged with bike theft minutes after being released from jail

An officer recognized the defendants in surveillance video

Two men face fifth-degree theft charges after police say they stole bicycles minutes after being released from the Johnson County Jail.

According to complaints from Iowa City police, Nadjib Bourahla and Jaylin Richards, both 18, were released from the jail on July 9 around 9:15 a.m. Bourahla was charged with third-degree attempted burglary, and Richards was charged with fifth-degree theft before being released from a previous incident.

Minutes later, complaints said an exterior building camera caught the pair steeling bicycles from outside the Bio Life building at 408 S. Gilbert St.

Complaints said an officer recognized the defendants from the video, and the pair was also recognized because they were wearing the same clothing they had on when they were released from the jail.

Fifth-degree theft is a simple misdemeanor, punishable by up to 30 days in jail and a maximum fine of $625.

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